Magical History Tour
Discover over 200 years of the history of our great city! Bring your group: family reunion, class reunion, conference group, or business clients, and they will say “Hey, I didn’t know that!”
Tours begin in Franklinton, the first American settlement in Franklin County, Ohio, where you will learn about this historic area beginning in the days of the buffalo trails. Discover the past of Mount Carmel West, the National Road, and Bloody Island before heading into downtown Columbus. Here you will learn about important individuals, such as Henry T. Chittenden and Washington Gladden, who have played a role in Columbus’ past. Hear about the history of the American Insurance Union and the LeVeque Tower. Tours will learn about city prison, local and state government buildings, and government officials. Guests will find out about the history of White Castle, the Lazarus store, Wendy’s, and other local businesses throughout Columbus’ history.
Tour routes, sights, and content may vary due to construction, city events, weather, and unforeseen circumstances.
Group rates (including transportation) for two-hour tour; call for additional hourly rates.
22-34 guests--$25/person, 22 person minimum
Step-on Guide (you provide transportation) for one-hour tour; call for additional hourly rates.
$15/person, 15 person minimum
Tours depart from and return to Columbus Historical Society, 717 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43222 (map). Free parking is available at our location. Other departure points may be arranged, but an additional cost may apply. Accessible transportation available, please notify when booking if needed. Please allow a minimum of 4 weeks for tour booking. Reservations are based on tour guide availability. Payment is required seven days in advance. Tour bookings are non-refundable.
Interested in booking your own private history tour? Please contact us via the form below.